Episode 260 features Laura Gassner Otting, an Author, Catalyst, and Coach and through Limitless Possibility, Laura collaborates with change agents, entrepreneurs, investors, leaders, and donors to push past the doubt and indecision that consign great ideas to limbo.
Laura Gassner Otting helps people get “unstuck” — and achieve extraordinary results.
Through Limitless Possibility, Laura collaborates with change agents, entrepreneurs, investors, leaders, and donors to push past the doubt and indecision that consign great ideas to limbo. She delivers strategic thinking, well-honed wisdom, and a catalytic perspective informed by decades of navigating change across the start-up, nonprofit, political, and philanthropic landscapes.
Laura’s 25-year resume is defined by her entrepreneurial edge. She served as a Presidential Appointee in Bill Clinton’s White House, helping shape AmeriCorps; left a leadership role at a respected nonprofit search firm, Isaacson, Miller, to expand the startup ExecSearches.com; and founded and ran the Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group, which partnered with the full gamut of mission-driven nonprofit executives, from start-up dreamers to scaling social entrepreneurs to global philanthropists. She is the author of Mission-Driven, a book for those moving from profit to purpose, and most recently the author of Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life, which debuted at #2 on the Washington Post bestseller list, right behind Michelle Obama, and which Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts chose as one of her Favorite Books of 2019.
Through her own commitment to give back, Laura has helped build a local Montessori school, co-founded a women’s philanthropic initiative, advised a start-up national women’s PAC, grew a citizen-leadership development program, and completed three charity-inspired marathons—projects emblematic of her passions and values. She’s turned on by the audacity of The Big Idea and that larger-than-life goal you just can’t seem to shake. She’s an instigator, a motivator, and a provocateur, and she’s never met a revolution she didn’t like.
Every day Stephen wakes up to engage with people in meaningful ways so that we connect with depth and live in a more fulfilled world. He supports humble leaders – those who know they are both a part of the problems they experience and a part of the solutions they can create – who intend to put their people and purpose first.
Feeling stifled on his own corporate track, Shedletzky was introduced to Simon Sinek’s work and was immediately inspired by it. He met Simon in 2010 and became the fourth person to join his team. He began answering fan emails and became the first person outside of Simon to lead his social media efforts. He moved on to hold the roles of Chief of Staff, and Head of Brand Experience, Training & Development. Leading a global team of speakers and facilitators at Simon Sinek, Inc., Stephen worked to ensure the team’s culture, products, and communications authentically reflected the organization’s most deeply held values and beliefs. He also had the opportunity to narrate the audiobook for Simon Sinek’s book, Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team. Stephen has led hundreds of keynote presentations, workshops, and leadership development programs.
Though Stephen still works to share Simon’s message, helping to create a more inspired, safe, and fulfilled world, he also works to advance his own thought leadership on leadership, culture, and psychological safety through keynotes, writing, coaching, and advising. Stephen has worked with leaders and organizations around the world and serves clients in any industry where human beings work.
Stephen graduated from the Richard Ivey School of Business with a focus in leadership, communication, and strategy and received his coaching certification from The Coaches Training Institute. Stephen lives in Toronto with his wife and two young children.
Jordan is a son, grandson, writer, speaker, guide, editor, and soon-to-be therapist. He is a Northwestern and Kellogg School of Management graduate where he studied absolutely nothing to do with writing. He’s a former startup founder, restaurant manager, and soccer goalie. A solopreneur, podcast host, and 2x TEDx speaker, he is also the #1 bestselling author of Getting COMFY: Your Morning Guide to Daily Happiness, The Journey to Cloud Nine, and What Happens in Tomorrow World?.
Will is a serial entrepreneur, gamification, habits, and happiness expert. After exiting his delivery startup for $321 mil in 2019, he’s made it his mission to help others become an entrepreneur of the most important business they’ll ever run, THEIR LIFE.
He gamifies the process of improving your habits via the 5 main areas, or CORES, of your life by using the latest in science and technology to reduce the friction of taking the actions that will truly make you happy.
Are you ready to figure out WHO you are, WHAT you want, and HOW to get it on your way to firing on all cylinders?
Jared Narlock is a keynote speaker, author, and talent development coach who teaches leaders how to build highly engaged and accountable teams. He has more than 16 years of experience partnering with C-level executives, Chief Culture Officers, Leaders, and HR Professionals. His background encompasses all aspects of Human Resources, with an emphasis on organizational development and employee relations. Jared is a former Vice President of Talent Development and TEDx speaker. His writings have been published on Forbes, ATD, and Training Industry.
After being honorably discharged from the United States Air Force and finishing his graduate degree, Jared went on to further his passion for learning and serving others by obtaining certifications with the International Coach Federation as an Associate Certified Coach and with the Society for Human Resource Management as a Senior Certified Professional.
His new book, Becoming a Peaceful Powered Leader: How to Shed Fear, Live Courageously, and Own Your Peace, provides leaders with a toolkit for becoming more effective—by replacing often ineffective external efforts with powerful internal shifts
Hillary Seiler is a Certified Financial Educator (CFEd®) and coach, who teaches people how to win with their money. She is a dynamic and versatile entrepreneur, speaker, author, and certified financial education coach who has spent the last 12 years in the financial literacy space developing curriculum and coaching programs.
In 2016 Hillary launched a new financial education program through her first company, Seiler FEC, for pro-athletes which is now in use by 7 NFL teams and hundreds of athletes across the US from all major sports.
In early 2020 Hillary founded Financial Footwork, a financial education platform that coach’s people through overcoming the stress and failures that stem from limited to no financial education. Using the athlete mindset, her program translates the strategy of winning at sports, to winning with money. With hundreds of professional athletes and individuals helped through her program, Hillary is fueled by her desire to help consumers train their money as a pro athlete trains for success.
On a mission to make financial resources easy to understand and available for everyone. Hillary and her team are constantly pushing the boundaries for making finance digestible and engaging.
Hillary believes every single person should have access to financial resources so they can develop and grow wealth. Her engaging speaking style and ease when communicating personal finance are unapparelled.
Adele Spraggon is an award-winning author, as well as an international speaker and trainer. As a behavioral change expert, she explores topics that illustrate the potential of the human brain and its ability to make optimal choices that reduce conflict and achieve goals in all areas of life. Having guided thousands globally to achieve breakthrough results in both their personal and professional lives, Adele will take you on a journey into the unknown and will leave you questioning everything you believe about how your brain shapes your solutions.
Episode 71 features Rick Smith, Founder and CEO of Axon (Formerly TASER). Rick talks about his journey of how he came upon the Taser device and grew this business through many twists and turns as well as his mission to make the bullet obsolete with his new book, “The End of Killing”.
Some topics we cover:
Impact his father had on his journey to entrepreneurship
A pioneer of technology with the vision of making the bullet obsolete, Rick founded the original company, TASER International, in 1993. As the TASER device became ubiquitous in law enforcement, Rick pushed the company beyond weapons technology and towards a broader purpose of matching technology to public safety needs in order to make the world a safer place. Under his leadership, the company has grown from a garage in Tucson to a NASDAQ-listed global market leader in conducted energy weapon, body-worn cameras and software. In April 2017, TASER International officially changed its name to Axon Enterprise to better represent the entire network of devices, people and applications. Today, more than 18,000 law enforcement agencies in more than 100 countries are a part of the Axon network.
Rick graduated from Harvard with a B.S. in Neuroscience (Cum Laude) and later earned a Master in International Finance from the University of Leuven in Belgium and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Rick’s mission to obsolete the bullet has been chronicled in The New Yorker as well as ForbesandGQ. Rick’s 2018 op-ed on suggesting a grand challenge to help reduce gun violence in schools was published by CNBC. That same year, Rick was named one of Arizona’s Most Admired Leaders by Phoenix Business Journal and Axon was named one of 2018’s Most Admired Companies by Arizona Business Magazine. Rick rocked the tech industry when he announced a first-of-its-kind employee compensation plan allowing employees to align their pay directly with value creation for shareholders. The eXponential Stock Performance Plan earned media coverage in Bloomberg,GeekWire, World at Workand more.
“Many people concerned about gun violence want to alter laws. Rick Smith is focusing on a tech solution.” – Geekwire
“Can the Manufacturer of Tasers Provide the Answer to Police Abuse?” – The New Yorker
“Billion-dollar award made CEO uneasy. Now he’s fixing it.” – Bloomberg
“Rick Smith is known as the ‘Steve Jobs of policing technology’ — and this book reflects his well-deserved reputation. Rick envisions a world free of gun violence. This is a must-read for those who share his bold vision to enhance safety in our communities!” – Kathleen O’Toole, Former Police Chief
Episode 70 is here and features Best-Selling Author, Blogger, and Founder, Nir Eyal. Nir shares stories about his journey into entrepreneurship, how he got into writing, as well as, we talk about his new book, Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life.
Episode 35 is on fire with Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur, and Director of Community at NextGen, Hayley Hoffman Smith. Hayley brings a tremendous amount of insight into this episode and shares her early journey with starting a non-profit organization, writing books, and helping build a community of entrepreneurs.
Haley Hoffman Smith is the author of Her Big Idea, a book on creativity, ideation, and women’s empowerment which debuted as a Top 3 Bestseller in Women & Business. She is a regular keynote speaker who recently spoke at Harvard, Yale, Microsoft, SoGal Ventures, and more. She has been featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, and the Washington Examiner, and writes for Entrepreneur and Thrive Global. A recent Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University, she wrote her honors thesis on how women develop their sense of self agency in entrepreneurship and venture capital. She is also the founder of the Her Big Idea Fund in partnership with Brown University’s Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship, which awards grants to women who apply with BIG ideas. Having founded an international nonprofit for girls’ literacy and empowerment at age 18, she has harnessed her own self agency to surpass doubt surrounding her age and gender.
She is the Director of Community for Next Gen Summit, the premier entrepreneurship community of 5,000+ members, and sincerely enjoys consulting and connecting with other entrepreneurs. She cares deeply about identifying and obliterating the limits women feel in the pursuit of their ventures, so they may live in their full power and create their own BIG ideas.
Episode 27 features Andrea Waltz, the Co-Author of one of the best selling sales books of all-time, Go For No! as well as Co-Founder of Courage Crafters. Andrea shares her journey and a lot of the twists and turns that have led her to what she is doing now. From trying to call George Lucas at the age of 8 to getting a Criminal Justice degree she has never used, Andrea opens up about how some unique opportunities in life have presented themselves and how she has continually looked for the learning in each situation and has used that to keep her motivated and moving forward.
I know you all will enjoy my chat with Andrea and look forward to hearing feedback!
Andrea Waltz is the co-author of Go for No! Yes is the Destination, No is How You Get There. Along with her husband and business partner Richard Fenton, she has made her mission to liberate people from fears of failure and rejection, sharing an entire new mindset about hearing the word NO. They have spoken all over the US and the UK teaching the ‘Go for No’ strategies – having been embraced by people in a wide variety of industries and businesses to rave reviews and amazing results. Andrea’s book hit #1 on Amazon’s “Selling” list and has remained in the top 20 of ‘Sales’ books for over the last 8 years.
Topic: Overcoming fear of failure, rejection, and hearing No. (Ideal for: sales of any kind, small business/entrepreneurs)
I met Christina through a recommendation of a prior guest, Tisha Abrea (Ep. 16), and was so fortunate to get a chance to hear her story and learn through some of the lessons she had to go through in her career.I love that she refers to periods of her life as “seasons” and although she is in a busy season I was appreciative she was able to take time out of her day and share her story.
We get into some of her struggles on the golf course during LPGA Tour Qualifying School and how she broke out of the mold that everyone else thought she she be in and ultimately flourished by following a different path with her golf hosting, mindset coaching, and motivational speaking.
Unlike most professional golfers, Christina was a late-comer to the sport. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Christina did not play any golf before the age of 18. However, this wasn’t due to a lack of exposure to the game. Christina’s father, Tony Lecuyer, has long been one of Alberta’s biggest names in golf. Her two younger brothers, Ryan and Steven, were also two of Canada’s best amateurs winning the 2003 Canadian Junior Boys’ Championship and 2010 Alberta Amateur Championship, respectively. Christina certainly picked up the game quickly. Christina won the first golf tournament she ever entered, the 2002 Edmonton Ladies Amateur Championship, and attracted the attention of numerous college recruiters finally landing on the University of Central Arkansas in 2003. Christina had an outstanding collegiate career, both on the golf course and in the classroom. She won five collegiate tournaments, had 24 Top Ten finishes, and was a 2-time All-American honorable mention. Christina was an even better performer in the classroom, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2007 in Business Administration. After wrapping up her collegiate career in 2007, Christina focused her attention on the professional circuit. She played various mini-tours from 2007-2010 qualifying for LPGA final stage three consecutive years. She was featured on the Golf Channel’s Big Break Series twice, coming out on the winning end on Big Break Reunion: Dominican Republic. She has also been sought after for many on-camera opportunities and most recently co-hosted Swing Clinic on Fox Sports Regional Networks. Now Christina’s focus is her love of entertaining clients at corporate and charity golf events, mentoring others, and publicly speaking. She’s sought out by world-renowned corporations and has raised millions of dollars for charity. Christina’s expertise, generosity, personality, and knowledge have put her on the map as one of the only female golfers in the world working in this capacity full-time.
Had an awesome time connecting with Morgan on Episode 23 of the Podcast and we covered a lot of ground in a short period of time. Morgan provides some great insight into how he leveraged his learnings from being on 2 State Championship Basketball Teams to help him be a better coach and mentor to young sales professionals. We also discuss how he started his SDR Chronicles show and some different ways he’s developed his chops as a sales professional which might be helpful to younger sales reps out there. I know you all will love the energy and positivity Morgan brings to the show!
Morgan J. Ingram is a motivational speaker who has been nominated to the final round for TEDxSBY and TEDxUGA. His clients have begun to nickname him the “Liberation Sensation” because of his powerful messages.
An avid fan of social media and communicating on-line, Morgan has been featured in the Red and Black and OnlineAthens for a previous startup company Collegiate Gaming LAN, written college articles for CampusSports, and has done sales and marketing research for a start up shoe store that Dunta Robinson started and has also done Partnerships for a start up music company which helped promote artists in Athens,GA such as Judah and the Lion and the Shadowboxers.
In addition, Morgan won two state championships in basketball during his high school years.
Morgan’s mission now is to liberate others from their negative thoughts to turn them into positive thoughts by using motivation and social media. Through his speeches Morgan teaches students how to remove negative thoughts from their head and to cleanse their environment to unlock their potential to strive for excellence as a scholar.
In Morgan’s free time, he enjoys a good book, watching The Flash or Arrow, and going on a hike.
Books He’d Recommend:
“I Got My Dream Job and So Can You” by Pete Leibman